Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons Rediscovers London’s Lost Museums

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LONDON.- The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons opened its latest exhibition London’s Lost Museums: Nature and Medicine, celebrating early natural history and anatomical collections once displayed in the capital, now ‘lost’ due to neglect, dispersal or destruction. With manuscripts, illustrations and specimens, London’s Lost Museums brings to life the contents, purpose and fate of seven historic collections, and paint a portrait of curators and museum practices of the last 350 years. The exhibition, which will run until Saturday 2nd July 2011, also provides an opportunity to see fascinating objects such as a rare illustrated catalogue, Museum Regales’ Societis from 1681, a mummified foot believed to be from the Royal Society’s Repository, and hear about the devastating bomb damage inflicted upon the Hunterian Museum during the Second World War. Sarah Pearson, Curator at the Hunterian Museum, said: “Displays of natural history an